US Government plans more sanctions targeting Venezuela’s gold exports

As the Maduro Regime attempts to maneuver around sanctions that are limiting its ability to produce revenues via PDVSA, they are trying to ramp up gold, diamond and coltan production, circumvent the Central Bank of Venezuela by smuggling these conflict minerals through Colombia, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and lately direct flights to Turkey, in order to export the minerals directly to Turkey and Iran.  Read More

Video of  Venezuela as Case Study of Corruption, Peace, and Security – Arria-Formula Meeting of the Security Council Formula

On September 10, 2018,  briefer Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, U.S. Department of the Treasury made a presentation at an informal Arria-formula meeting of the Security Council  that focused on the pervasive corruption in Venezuela that has led to instability and a humanitarian crisis, a key aspect of which is the current Gold Rush that is devastating the environment and indigenous peoples. Read more and watch video clip

How the armed forces and mafias in Venezuela control gold mines

This report by documents the chain of command in the gold mines of Venezuela, involving the armed forces and mafias. Read more

Illegal mining sites in Cerro Yapakana National Park, Amazonas, Venezuela

Recent satellite images (May 2018 reveal and confirm the location of the illegal mining site Maraya inside YAPAKANA National Park in Amazonas State (Venezuela) where any type of mining is forbidden in the 1999 Constitution of Venezuela. Criminal illegal mining in this state is not only allowed but exploited by the Venezuelan Armed Forces, in particular by the regional command REDI Guayana. View images

Sanctioned Diosdado Cabello is responsible for illicit activities and loss of national sovereignty South of the Orinoco River

“Scars” left by illegal mining controlled by the Farc in Amazonas

Look at the scars left by  – prohibited by Decree No. 269 (1989) but allowed by  & controlled by the  – that destroy the ‘s environment and threaten their livelihood. Read More